"The Führer has awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to, Oberleutnant Zillich, bomber observer in a Kampfgeschwader. Oberleutnant Karl Zillich… has demonstrated high soldierly virtues over the course of 288 sorties flown on the Ostfront as a bomber observer and leader of attack formations. A major German battlegroup was saved from encirclement thanks to his bold and determined actions, with the result that numerous wounded soldiers’ lives were saved due to having been evacuated in a timely fashion. During this time Oberleutnant Zillich was badly wounded, and he succumbed to his injuries a few days later." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on July 20th, 1944 as Oberleutnant of Beobachter Stab II. of the Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke".
Another capable enemy elite,